The final ward map for the Isle of Wight has now been published. All of the wards have names relating to the towns or villages in their location, except one! There has been a substantial re-arrangement in the south-centre of the island and the old ward of Godshill and Wroxall is no more.
There is to be a new ward called Central Rural incorporating Godshill, Chillerton, Rookley, Blackwater and Merstone. It loses Wroxall which now becomes part of a new ward called Wroxall, Lowtherville & Bonchurch.
So, why can’t they be consistent and give Central Rural a real name? I guess they thought Godshill, Chillerton, Rookley, Blackwater & Merstone was a bit of a mouthful! So, why not just call it Godshill and be done with it?
We could then also have a single parish council with 12 members for the whole of Godshill, Chillerton, Rookley, Blackwater & Merstone rather than the ineffective small parish councils currently existing.